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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 25, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
While the Pharisees conducted investigations and debated about Jesus, people were being healed and lives were being changed. The Pharisees’ skepticism was based not on insufficient evidence, but on jealousy of Jesus’ popularity and his influence on the people.
The longer this man experienced his new life through Christ, the more confident he became in the one who had healed him. He gained not only physical sight but also spiritual sight as he recognized Jesus first as a prophet, hen as his Lord. When you turn to Christ, you begin to see him differently. The longer you walk with him, the better you will understand who he is. Peter tells us to “grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” If yo want to know more about Jesus, keep walking with him.
The Pharisees were shocked that Jesus thought they were spiritually blind. Jesus countered by saying that it was only blindness (stubbornness and stupidity) that could excuse their behavior. To those who remained open and recognized how sin had truly blinded them from knowing the truth, he gave spiritual understanding and insight. But he rejected those who had become complacent, self-satisfied, and blind. (NLT)
John 9:13-16, 35-41 – Then they took the man to the Pharisees. Now as it happened, Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbath. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He smoothed the mud over my eyes, and when it was washed away, I could see!”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
The man answered, “Who is he, sir, because I would like to.”
“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord,” the man said, “I believe!” And he worshiped Jesus.
Then Jesus told him, “I have come to judge the world. I have come to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.
The Pharisees who were standing there heard him and asked, “Are you saying we are blind?
“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.”
Aglae Loya Lozano (Chihuahua, Mexico) titled her story “CLEARER VISION;” here is a portion of Aglae’s story:
“. . . After this experience, I reflected on our relationship with God. We believe that our relationship is fine – that is, until we have an experience of God’s joy, peace, assurance and loving presence that deepens our relationship. We view things through a different lens and gain a new perspective – one that brings us into closer intimacy with God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I focus on God, I can be more open to the transforming love of my Creator.
Prayer: Loving God, we are grateful for the joy of knowing you. Help us to proclaim your word to those who do not know you. Amen.
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